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The walking bridge located behind the West Reading Pool will be out of service until the end of December so repairs can be made. Updates will follow as they become available.


Trash will be picked up as usual on Friday, November 27th. If your pickup is missed please contact borough hall and leave a message. Remember, our office will be closed on this day and we won't be able to contact you until the next business day.

Holiday Tree Lighting

Friday, December 4th (6:00PM) - rain date Monday, December 7th
Location: Delaney Circle 

Click here for more information - Tree lighting


November 26th - Thanksgiving (Borough Hall closed)
November 27th - Black Friday (Borough Hall closed)
December 4th -
Tree Lighting
December 18th - Christmas Decorating Contest judging
December 25th - Christmas Day (Borough Hall closed)

Kiddies Christmas Party

Saturday, December 19th (2:00pm to 4:00pm)
West Reading Fire Co (223 Playground Dr.)

The Christmas Party is for Borough children who are age 10 and under. Admission is FREE and children will get to see Santa and receive a small gift. A registration form must be filled out. Remember to fill out a sheet for each child and return to Borough Hall when complete. The deadline to return forms is Friday, December 18th and the forms must be returned by 5:00pm. You can also register at 

Kiddies Christmas Party registration form


Zoning Hearing Board Vacancy

We currently have a vacancy on our Zoning Hearing Board. Any interested parties should contact Borough Manager, Richard Sichler at 610-374-8273 for more information.


The Recreation Commission has two vacancies if anyone would like to be on the committee.  Please submit a letter of interest to the Recreation Department.  The committee meets once a month to discuss topics related to Recreational events in our community.  This is a volunteer position and some heavy lifting is required.  You must live in the Borough of West Reading to be on the committee.

Submit your letter to:

Borough of West Reading
Attn: Recreation Department
500 Chestnut Street
West Reading, PA 19611

Vacancy Board

West Reading Borough is also in need of volunteers to serve on the Vacancy Board.  Borough residents who are interested in serving on any of these boards are asked to submit a letter of interest to:

Richard J. Sichler, Borough Manager
Borough of West Reading
500 Chestnut Street
West Reading, PA 19611

Special Notice concerning trash/recycling:

The Codes Department will be placing an emphasis on the enforcement of trash/refuse bags that are not in durable, water-tight containers with lids.  Notice of Violation letters will be sent to any property found to be in violation.  If the violation is not corrected a citation will be filed with the District Justice Magistrate.  Due to the public health and safety of the residents, we as for your cooperation with the following.

1.) All refuse MUST be stored in durable, water-tight containers equipped with handles and tight-fitting covers which cannot be larger than thirty-five (35) gallons.  It is suggested that you mark your containers with your address.

2.) Four (4) trash cans per residence per pickup are allowed.  Please DO NOT place bulky items out for regular pickup.  These items may only be placed out for pickup on the first Friday of every month.

3.) Please DO NOT place trash/recycling out prior to Noon the day before pickup and promptly remove your receptacle by midnight on the day of pickup.

4,) Trash pickup remains every Tuesday and Friday
Recycling pickup remains every Wednesday.

5.) Yard waste MUST be placed in biodegradable bags for pickup or arrangements need to be made with the Borough Garage for disposal.  Please call 610-374-8605 to schedule and appointment between the hours of
7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  The garage is located at 1st Avenue and Chestnut Streets.

6.) Electronic items such as microwaves, dehumidifiers and air conditioners will not be picked up by the trash hauler.  These items must be recycled due to hazardous materials.  Please contact Berks County Solid Waste Authority at 610-478-6362 or visit their website at for more information.


Attention businesses and residents of West Reading Borough....If you get a phone call from PP&L asking you for money or your electric will be shut off if you do not comply, please contact West Reading Police at 610-373-0111. THIS IS A SCAM!!!!!

Water Quality Report Information

Every year at this time we provide all of our water users with a water quality report for the previous year.  The report contains important information about the source and quality of our drinking water.  This year, instead of mailing a paper copy to each residence in the Borough, we are providing the information on our website which you may access by clicking here.  However if you still wish to have a copy mailed to you, please call the water department at 610-374-8273, option 1 and we will be happy to send one out.

Buttonwood Street Bridge Closure

For information on the detours and the latest news/updates regarding the Buttonwood Street Bridge please click on the link listed below. 


To learn more about the program and to register, click on the CodeRED logo below.

The CodeREDâ„¢ Emergency Notification System is an extremely FAST Communication Service available for mass Emergency Notifications.  CodeREDâ„¢ employs one-of-a-kind Internet maping capability for geographic targeting of calls, coupled with a high speed telephone calling system capable of delivering customized pre-recorded emergency messages directly to homes and businesses, live individuals and answering machines, at the rate of up to 60,000 calls per hour.

If you know of anyone who hasn't registered to receive the CodeREDâ„¢ alerts, and they live in West Reading, please encourage them to do so.


Frequently Asked Questions

Important Information from Western Berks Water Authority

In case of a water related emergency and to get up to date information on the water advisory, please go to and click on the "water advisory" link.

If you have any questions or concerns for the Borough Manager, Richard Sichler, please send your email to  




Upcoming Event

Recreation Commission meeting
See Details


The Borough of West Reading
500 Chestnut Street
West Reading, PA 19611
Office: 610-374-8273
Fax: 610-374-8419
E:mail: webmaster
Office Hours
Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.